Sunday, September 18, 2016

Highest Duty aka Sully by Captain Chesley Sullenberger

From the publisher: the inspirational autobiography by one of the most captivating American heroes of our time, Capt. ‘Sully’ Sullenberger—the pilot who miraculously landed a crippled US Airways Flight 1549 in New York’s Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 passengers and crew.

Highest Duty is the memoir of an ordinary guy who got thrust into the spotlight when he did his job well under pressure. It's a fast read and I enjoyed it, although some readers might find it slow.

The story of the crash, although a small part of the book, is riveting. Sullenberger may not technically be a hero, as someone who just performed when it was required of him, but he is certainly a fine role model.

Words to live by: "I flew thousands of flights in the last forty-two years, but my entire career is now being judged by how I performed on one of them. This has been a reminder to me: We need to try to do the right thing every time, to perform at our best, because we never know which moment in our lives we'll be judged on." (pp. 313-314)

Note: this book is now being marketed under the title Sully. I will be interested to see how much of it makes its way into the movie Sully.

The Galesburg Public Library has print, audio, and ebook versions of this book under one or the other of the titles.

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